With recent rapid advances in structural engineering, as well as closely related areas including mechanics and materials, many new types of structures have been proposed and developed. In the last decade, new concept structures such as deployable structures, tensegrity structures, bionic structures and polyhedral structures have been widely applied to architectures, space facilities, robots and cell mechanics. Recent examples cover retractable roofs, deployable antenna reflectors, adoptable tensegrity systems, tensegrity robots, tensegrity model of cells, bionic buildings, polyhedral frames, etc.
Emerging applications of these new structures need new analysis methods including form-finding algorithms, kinematic analysis, control optimisation algorithms, multi-body dynamics, electromechanical coupling analysis and so on to support them.
To move the frontiers of structural engineering, this issue addresses, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Deployable structures
- Tensegrity systems
- Space structures
- Composite structures
- Bionic structures
- Structural morphology
- Structural mechanics
- Kinematic path analysis
- Health monitoring
- Control of flexible structures
- Experimental investigations
Manuscript Submission Deadline: 20 September 2009